Jean confides to a friend that her doll is catching the measles. Jean's brother overhears the remark and paints red spots on her doll's face. In return for the trick, Jean paints a 'MEASLES, KEEP OUT' sign.
September 10, 2014 Subject:
Another from the Weisenborn/Barnes' Primary Reading Series!
Made to accompany Dick and Jane readers, Britannica's Primary Reading Series from 1952 was a collaboration of Gordon Weisenborn and John Barnes, who - in a swift handful of years - made possibly a dozen or more films together. They were in SoCal around the time, shooting scenes in LA for THE LIVING CITY (admittedly, Weisenborn is not credited there, but given his assertion that he worked on 20 films at EB, as well as timing and artistry, it seems a likely candidate of their partnership) and in Hollywood for SAFETY ON THE PLAYGROUND.
There is a cast of characters through the series, rambunctious Frank and his dreamily idealistic younger sister Jean, and of course Mom, alternatively the martinet and the loving playmate. The milieu is the suburban yard, front, back and sidewalk.
I'd be gobsmacked if this was an actual EB film. 2 kids with dolls that put them down for a nap are shocked that the local bully Frank dares to put crayola measles on the doll. The two girls rat on Frank to their mother, and spend time chasing each other around. The chase is quite impressionistic, what with the hanging sheets and all, but probably not intentional. Pretty dull actually.
January 8, 2013 Subject:
Jean And Her Dolls 2012
Would be the title of a short about a young lady who goes off to Wellesley, prompted by her parents who want her to have access to success-driven boys who come from "old money."
But in the 21st century that more "shady" heretofore not discussed side of such instituions dominates. Jean instead winds up on the basketball team, and has pictures of Eleanor Roosevelt all over her room; develops "close" friendships with frowsy young ladies who hate boys, think that marriage is slavery, and teach Jean everything she needs to know about parts of her anatomy she doesn't even know she has.
10 years later, she decides one day that all those bitch fights aren't really worth the trouble, and bring no substantial wealth; so she finds a metro boy from Boston with flat affect, old money and a business degree. Big wedding with bridesmiads that look like wrestlers, and happy parents look on. End of film. Credits roll.
Out of touch.
September 29, 2012 Subject:
Kid Life in 1952
A just for fun film about a girl, her friend, her dolls and her bratty brother who defaced her doll and when she showed her mother they all took off after the brother. Shows a typical episode of kids at play in mid 20th century. It is a silent film with a narrator telling the story like she's reading a primer. Looks like it was filmed somewhere around LA.